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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102960/nine-degrees-of-freedom-flexmap-for-a-cone-beam-computed-tomography-imaging-device-with-independently-movable-source-and-detector
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Peter Keuschnigg, Daniel Kellner, Karl Fritscher, Andrea Zechner, Ulrich Mayer, Philipp Huber, Felix Sedlmayer, Heinz Deutschmann, Philipp Steininger
PURPOSE: Couch-mounted cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) imaging devices with independently rotatable x-ray source and flat-panel detector arms for acquisitions of arbitrary regions of interest (ROI) have recently been introduced in image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT). This work analyzes mechanical limitations and gravity-induced effects influencing the geometric accuracy of images acquired with arbitrary angular constellations of source and detector in nonisocentric trajectories, which is considered essential for IGRT...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102442/seasonal-differences-in-thermal-sensation-in-the-outdoor-urban-environment-of-mediterranean-climates-the-example-of-athens-greece
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Areti Tseliou, Ioannis X Tsiros, Marialena Nikolopoulou
Outdoor urban areas are very important for cities and microclimate is a critical parameter in the design process, contributing to thermal comfort which is important for urban developments. The research presented in this paper is part of extensive field surveys conducted in Athens aimed at investigating people's thermal sensation in a Mediterranean city. Based on 2313 questionnaires and microclimatic data the current work focuses on the relative frequencies of people's evaluation of the thermal along with the sun and wind sensations between two seasons trying to identify the seasonal differences in thermal sensation...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102016/mechanical-and-barrier-properties-of-maize-starch-gelatin-composite-film-effects-of-amylose-content
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Kun Wang, Wenhang Wang, Ran Ye, Jingdong Xiao, Yaowei Liu, Junsheng Ding, Shaojing Zhang, Anjun Liu
BACKGROUND: In order to obtain new reinforcing bio-fillers to improve the physicochemical properties of gelatin based film, three types of maize starches: waxy maize starch (Ap), normal starch (Ns), and high amylose starch (Al), were incorporated into the gelatin films, and their properties were investigated, focusing on the impact of amylose content. RESULTS: The thickness, opacity and roughness of gelatin films increased depending upon amylose content along with the concentration of starch...
January 19, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101870/fibrillar-collagens
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Jordi Bella, David J S Hulmes
Fibrillar collagens (types I, II, III, V, XI, XXIV and XXVII) constitute a sub-group within the collagen family (of which there are 28 types in humans) whose functions are to provide three-dimensional frameworks for tissues and organs. These networks confer mechanical strength as well as signalling and organizing functions through binding to cellular receptors and other components of the extracellular matrix (ECM). Here we describe the structure and assembly of fibrillar collagens, and their procollagen precursors, from the molecular to the tissue level...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101447/functional-coupling-of-v-atpase-and-clc-5
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REVIEW
Nobuhiko Satoh, Masashi Suzuki, Motonobu Nakamura, Atsushi Suzuki, Shoko Horita, George Seki, Kyoji Moriya
Dent's disease is an X-linked renal tubulopathy characterized by low molecular weight proteinuria, hypercalciuria and progressive renal failure. Disease aetiology is associated with mutations in the CLCN5 gene coding for the electrogenic 2Cl(-)/H(+) antiporter chloride channel 5 (CLC-5), which is expressed in the apical endosomes of renal proximal tubules with the vacuolar type H(+)-ATPase (V-ATPase). Initially identified as a member of the CLC family of Cl(-) channels, CLC-5 was presumed to provide Cl(-) shunt into the endosomal lumen to dissipate H(+) accumulation by V-ATPase, thereby facilitating efficient endosomal acidification...
January 6, 2017: World Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099764/the-posttraumatic-growth-inventory-a-revision-integrating-existential-and-spiritual-change
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Richard G Tedeschi, Arnie Cann, Kanako Taku, Emre Senol-Durak, Lawrence G Calhoun
Spiritual Change (SC) is one of 5 domains of posttraumatic growth (PTG). The current Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI) assesses this area of growth with only 2 items, one focusing on religiosity and the other focusing on spiritual understanding. The addition of 4 newly developed spiritual-existential change (SEC) items, creating an expanded PTGI (Posttraumatic Growth Inventory-X), reflects a diversity of perspectives on spiritual-existential experiences that are represented in different cultures. Samples were obtained from 3 countries: the United States (n = 250), Turkey (n = 502), and Japan (n = 314)...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Traumatic Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098305/phase-behaviour-and-temperature-responsive-properties-of-a-gemini-surfactant-brij-30-water-system
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Chuanhong Han, Yan Guo, Xiaoxiao Chen, Meihuan Yao, Yingtian Zhang, Qirui Zhang, Xilian Wei
The phase behaviour of a ternary system composed of cationic gemini surfactant 2-hydroxypropyl-1,3-bis(myristyldimethylammonium chloride) (14-3(OH)-14(2Cl)), nonionic surfactant polyoxyethylene laurel ether (C12H25(OCH2CH2)10OH, Brij-30) and H2O was studied and its phase diagram was determined. In several different phase regions identified in the phase diagram, the viscoelastic worm-like micellar solution region was investigated. The focus of the investigation was the increase in the viscosity of the micellar solution with the temperature and the Brij-30 content, as suggested by a partial region of the triangular phase diagram...
January 18, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098216/chemical-bonding-in-aqueous-hexacyano-cobaltate-from-photon-and-electron-detection-perspectives
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Sreeju Sreekantan Nair Lalithambika, Kaan Atak, Robert Seidel, Antje Neubauer, Tim Brandenburg, Jie Xiao, Bernd Winter, Emad F Aziz
The electronic structure of the [Co(CN)6](3-) complex dissolved in water is studied using X-ray spectroscopy techniques. By combining electron and photon detection methods from the solutions ionized or excited by soft X-rays we experimentally identify chemical bonding between the metal center and the CN ligand. Non-resonant photoelectron spectroscopy provides solute electron binding energies, and nitrogen 1 s and cobalt 2p resonant core-level photoelectron spectroscopy identifies overlap between metal and ligand orbitals...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097218/energy-penetration-into-arrays-of-aligned-nanowires-irradiated-with-relativistic-intensities-scaling-to-terabar-pressures
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Clayton Bargsten, Reed Hollinger, Maria Gabriela Capeluto, Vural Kaymak, Alexander Pukhov, Shoujun Wang, Alex Rockwood, Yong Wang, David Keiss, Riccardo Tommasini, Richard London, Jaebum Park, Michel Busquet, Marcel Klapisch, Vyacheslav N Shlyaptsev, Jorge J Rocca
Ultrahigh-energy density (UHED) matter, characterized by energy densities >1 × 10(8) J cm(-3) and pressures greater than a gigabar, is encountered in the center of stars and inertial confinement fusion capsules driven by the world's largest lasers. Similar conditions can be obtained with compact, ultrahigh contrast, femtosecond lasers focused to relativistic intensities onto targets composed of aligned nanowire arrays. We report the measurement of the key physical process in determining the energy density deposited in high-aspect-ratio nanowire array plasmas: the energy penetration...
January 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096695/hysterosalpingo-foam-sonography-patient-selection-and-perspectives
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REVIEW
Hemashree Rajesh, Serene Liqing Lim, Su Ling Yu
We present an overview of the common types of tubal patency tests, with a focus on hysterosalpingo-foam sonography (HyFoSy). Current evidence suggests that HyFoSy is an accurate alternative to X-ray hysterosalpingography (HSG) for outpatient tubal evaluation in women who are at low risk for tubal disease. It may be superior to saline hysterosalpingo-contrast sonography (HyCoSy) in excluding tubal occlusion. A hyperechogenic medium may enhance contrast visualization and enable clearer delineation of tubal anatomy...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096523/x-ray-imaging-of-spin-currents-and-magnetisation-dynamics-at-the-nanoscale
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Stefano Bonetti
Understanding how spins move in time and space is the aim of both fundamental and applied research in modern magnetism. Over the past three decades, research in this field has led to technological advances that have had a major impact on our society, while improving the understanding of the fundamentals of spin physics. However, important questions still remain unanswered, because it is experimentally challenging to directly observe spins and their motion with a combined high spatial and temporal resolution...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095848/laparoscopic-versus-open-nephroureterectomy-to-treat-localized-and-or-locally-advanced-upper-tract-urothelial-carcinoma-oncological-outcomes-from-a-multicenter-study
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Jian-Ye Liu, Ying-Bo Dai, Fang-Jian Zhou, Zhi Long, Yong-Hong Li, Dan Xie, Bin Liu, Jin Tang, Jing Tan, Kun Yao, Le-Ye He
BACKGROUND: Many studies have reported the oncological outcomes between open radical nephroureterectomy (ONU) and laparoscopic radical nephroureterectomy (LNU) of upper tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC). However, few data have focused on the oncological outcomes of LNU in the subgroup of localized and/or locally advanced UTUC (T1-4/N0-X). The purpose of this study was to compare the oncological outcomes of LNU vs. ONU for the treatment in patients with T1-4/N0-X UTUC. METHODS: We collected and analyzed the data and clinical outcomes retrospectively for 265 patients who underwent radical nephroureterectomy for T1-4/N0-X UTUC between April 2000 and April 2013 at two Chinese tertiary hospitals...
January 17, 2017: BMC Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095622/talens-and-crispr-cas9-fuel-genetically-engineered-clinically-relevant-xenopus-tropicalis-tumor-models
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REVIEW
Thomas Naert, Tom van Nieuwenhuysen, Kris Vleminckx
The targeted nuclease revolution (TALENs, CRISPR/Cas9) now allows Xenopus researchers to rapidly generate custom on-demand genetic knockout models. These novel methods to perform reverse genetics are unprecedented and are fueling a wide array of human disease models within the aquatic diploid model organism Xenopus tropicalis (X. tropicalis). This emerging technology review focuses on the tools to rapidly generate genetically engineered X. tropicalis models (GEXM), with a focus on establishment of genuine genetic and clinically relevant cancer models...
January 17, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095585/clinical-nursing-leadership-education-in-long-term-care-intervention-design-and-evaluation
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Valerie Fiset, Tracy Luciani, Alyssa Hurtubise, Theresa L Grant
The main objective of the current case study was to investigate the perceived leadership learning needs and feasibility of delivering leadership education to registered staff involved in direct care in long-term care (LTC) homes. The study was conducted in Ontario, Canada, and participants included RNs, registered practical nurses, and nursing administrators. Phase 1 bilingual web-based survey and bilingual focus group needs assessment data supported a preference for external training along with in-house mentoring to support sustainability...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095582/enhancing-the-admit-me-tool-for-care-transitions-for-individuals-with-alzheimer-s-disease
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Janet R Moore, Meghan M Sullivan
One of the goals of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease is to ensure safe care transitions. To facilitate safe and effective transitions from home to hospital, the ADMIT (Alzheimer's, Dementia, Memory Impaired Transitions) Me tool was developed and three focus groups were conducted with caregivers (n = 6), emergency department nurses (n = 6), and first responders (n = 14) to determine its usefulness and applicability to practice. Feedback was used to enhance the tool to reflect their needs. Each group expressed that the tool would help promote safety in care transitions...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095118/modeling-and-optimization-of-lime-based-stabilization-in-high-alkaline-arsenic-bearing-sludges-with-a-central-composite-design
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Jie Lei, Bing Peng, Xiaobo Min, Yanjie Liang, Yang You, Liyuan Chai
This study focuses on the modeling and optimization of lime-based stabilization in high alkaline arsenic-bearing sludges (HAABS) and describes the relationship between the arsenic leachate concentration (ALC) and stabilization parameters to develop a prediction model for obtaining the optimal process parameters and conditions. A central composite design (CCD) along with response surface methodology (RSM) was conducted to model and investigate the stabilization process with three independent variables: the Ca/As mole ratio, reaction time and liquid/solid ratio, along with their interactions...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091628/in-situ-x-ray-absorption-near-edge-structure-studies-and-charge-transfer-kinetics-of-na6-v10o28-electrodes
#17
Han-Yi Chen, Jochen Friedl, Chun-Jern Pan, Ali Haider, Rami Al-Oweini, Yan Ling Cheah, Ming-Hsien Lin, Ulrich Kortz, Bing-Joe Hwang, Madhavi Srinivasan, Ulrich Stimming
Polyoxometalates (POMs) have been reported as promising electrode materials for energy storage applications due to their ability to undergo fast redox reactions with multiple transferred electrons per polyanion. Here we employ a polyoxovanadate salt, Na6[V10O28], as an electrode material in a lithium-ion containing electrolyte and investigate the electron transfer properties of Na6[V10O28] on long and short timescales. Looking at equilibrated systems, in situ V K-edge X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) studies show that all 10 V(5+) ions in Na6[V10O28] can be reversibly reduced to V(4+) in a potential range of 4-1...
January 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091337/assessing-the-social-and-environmental-determinants-of-pertussis-epidemics-in-queensland-australia-a-bayesian-spatio-temporal-analysis
#18
X Huang, S Lambert, C Lau, R J Soares Magalhaes, J Marquess, M Rajmokan, G Milinovich, W Hu
Pertussis epidemics have displayed substantial spatial heterogeneity in countries with high socioeconomic conditions and high vaccine coverage. This study aims to investigate the relationship between pertussis risk and socio-environmental factors on the spatio-temporal variation underlying pertussis infection. We obtained daily case numbers of pertussis notifications from Queensland Health, Australia by postal area, for the period January 2006 to December 2012. A Bayesian spatio-temporal model was used to quantify the relationship between monthly pertussis incidence and socio-environmental factors...
January 16, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090633/magnetic-field-effects-on-particle-beams-and-their-implications-for-dose-calculation-in-mr-guided-particle-therapy
#19
Hermann Fuchs, Philipp Moser, Martin Gröschl, Dietmar Georg
PURPOSE: To investigate and model effects of magnetic fields on proton and carbonion beams for dose calculation. METHODS: In a first step Monte Carlo simulations using Gate 7.1/Geant4.10.0.p03 were performed for proton and carbon ion beams in magnetic fields ranging from 0 to 3 T. Initial particle energies ranged from 60-250 MeV (protons) and 120-400 MeV/u (carbon ions), respectively. The resulting dose distributions were analyzed focusing on beam deflection, dose deformation as well as the impact of material het- erogeneities...
January 16, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090604/xq-nlm-denoising-diffusion-mri-data-via-x-q-space-non-local-patch-matching
#20
Geng Chen, Yafeng Wu, Dinggang Shen, Pew-Thian Yap
Noise is a major issue influencing quantitative analysis in diffusion MRI. The effects of noise can be reduced by repeated acquisitions, but this leads to long acquisition times that can be unrealistic in clinical settings. For this reason, post-acquisition denoising methods have been widely used to improve SNR. Among existing methods, non-local means (NLM) has been shown to produce good image quality with edge preservation. However, currently the application of NLM to diffusion MRI has been mostly focused on the spatial space (i...
October 2016: Medical Image Computing and Computer-assisted Intervention: MICCAI ..
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